SuperHomes Launches a call for Homes for it’s 5th Year
The Deep retrofit program SuperHomes Ireland run by the non profit Tipperary Energy Agency is now open for 2019.
Homeowners can benefit by up to 50% grants for deep retrofitting their home to an A3 rating, and the SuperHomes Ireland initiative aims to support homeowners through the challenging process of understanding, designing and delivering deep retrofit to Ireland’s high carbon, low comfort housing.
Now in it’s 5th year the SuperHomes program has supported over 150 homeowners across Ireland to retrofit to A3 standard with a low carbon footprint and an even lower bill. The capital grants are funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s deep retrofit program and better energy communities programs. The levels of funding on offer vary from 35% up to 50% for the measures needed to get any home built prior to 2011 to an A3 rating. Most homes reduce their energy costs and carbon footprint by 60% – 80% and experience steady warm temperatures all year round.
SuperHomes is delivered by the engineering team in the Tipperary Energy Agency, a non profit public good social enterprise that celebrates it’s 20th year this year. Their Chief Executive Paul Kenny said “The combination of insulation, air leakage improvements and an air source heat pump mean that homeowners transform their cold draughty home to a snug warm and healthy home. The feedback from homeowners on comfort and the low bills show us that this is the right method of retrofitting the vast majority of Irish homes. I am really delighted that we have got to see this grow from a handful in 2015 to over 80 this year.”
SuperHomes has got some big name supporters, with the European Investment Bank supporting it’s delivery, ESB group supporting the development of high quality retrofitting and the main capital funding coming from Government via the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Deep Retrofit pilot program 2017-2019 which is designed to understand what is needed to deep retrofit Ireland’s building stock
SuperHomes has a sister project in Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), SuperHomes 2.0. This research project seeks to further optimise the performance of heat pumps but also to develop the next generation of control system to minimise energy costs through using energy when the sun is shining, the wind is blowing or electricity demand is low. Seamus Hoyne, Development Manager in LIT and principle researcher on the SuperHomes 2.0 said “These homes are performing exceptionally well and right on target as per the engineering design, using 60-80% less energy than an average home. The analysis of the SuperHomes 2.0 research team is feeding into improving SuperHomes every year.
Home owners who wish to take part can apply here.